Moving Gender-Based Violence out of the Shadows

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EDESUR, a Dominican Power Utility, is Working to End Gender-Based Violence

In recognition of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), representatives of EDESUR discuss efforts to combat GBV in the workplace.

USAID, through its Engendering Industries program, is partnering with EDESUR to improve gender equality, increase women’s participation in the workforce, and reduce sexual harassment and gender-based violence.

EDESUR is a large power utility that provides electricity to more than 800,000 customers in the southern part of the Dominican Republic. Of their 3,290 employees, around 37 percent are women. The Dominican Republic has one of the highest rates of femicide in the world, and gender-based violence in the country is common. Recognizing the potential impact of gender-based violence and sexual harassment on the workforce, the utility created new policies and began using internal and external communication, training, and male-engagement strategies to raise awareness and combat GBV across the utility’s workforce and the country.

Three GridCo technicians pose in front of an electric power station
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Ryan Kilpatrick / USAID

Launched in 2015, USAID’s Engendering Industries program supports organizations in developing countries to increase economic opportunities for women and improve gender equality in the workplace. Expanding women’s participation in male-dominated sectors leads to tangible economic empowerment outcomes for women, such as formal employment opportunities and higher income. Increased gender equality also improves an organization’s business performance, helping companies meet their bottom-line by enhancing employee satisfaction, reducing turnover, and driving productivity. Well-functioning organizations are also vital in supporting stronger and more resilient economies. Through a customized best practices framework, demand-driven coaching, and a Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program, Engendering Industries builds the capacity of leaders to implement gender equality interventions that increase the professional participation of women and improve business performance.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 11:45am

Last updated: February 23, 2022